My daughter, CC and her team are making a run at a AAU Division I National Championship. I am following the process through this series of blog posts.
- (Part 1) Youth Basketball: The Climb to an AAU National Championship - Registration Process
- (Part 2) Youth Basketball: The Climb to an AAU National Championship - Tournament Qualifying Process.
How to Qualify
There are three ways to qualify for an AAU Basketball National Tournament
- Place in the Top 4* of a Super Regional Tournament (* Depends on number of teams playing, see below)
- Place in the Top 2 of a District Qualifying Tournament
- Place in the Top 4 of the previous year's National Championship tournament
Step Two: Register for a Super Regional Tournament on-line.
|My daughter's team played in the Cincinnati Super Regional|
Step Three: Compete in Super Regional Tournament and win games.
- The position that a team finishes in the District tournament will influence their seeding position in the National Championship. (I will cover the National Championship Draw in a future post.)
Other Ways to Qualify
- A team can qualify for the National Championship Tournament without competing in a Super Regional if they finish in the Top 2 of the District Qualifying Tournament for division in which they want to compete for a National Championship. (Example: A team that finishes in the Top 2 of the Division I District Tournament will automatically qualify for an invitation to the Division 1 National Championship Tournament. Teams that finish 3rd or worse, can elect to play in the Division II or III National Tournaments. A team that is trying to qualify for the Division II National Tournament needs to finish in the Top 2 of the Division II District Tournament)
- A team that plays in the Division I District Tournament before a Super Regional and does not finish in the top 2 needs to play in a Super Regional to earn a bid. The team's finish in the District event that they played in will count for the National Championship seeding process. In effect, a team that plays in the District Tournament before the Super Regionals has pre-validated their invitation.
- The top four finishers in the previous year's National Championship Tournament receive an automatic invitation to the current year's tournament.
The Main Point
The easiest way to qualify for a Division I invitation is to place high in a Super Regional Tournament. Tomorrow, my daughter is competing in a Super Regional.